For those who want to bring more of their possessions than can be brought as luggage, here are some of your options.
The following comanies specialize in shipping delicate items. It would not be worthwhile to have everything shipped via one of these, but necessary for precious mementos and other valuable items. Each company is a member of the Association of Art and Antique Dealers.
Air Sea Packing Group LtdAir Sea House, Third Cross Road, Twickenham TW2 5EB.Tel: 0208 893 3303. Fax: 0208 893 3068.Email: email@example.com
Anglo Pacific (Fine Art) Ltd Unit 2, Bush Industrial Estate, Standard Road, London NW10 6DF. Tel: 020 8838 8008. Fax: 020 8453 0225. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantic Fine Art LogisticsUnit 23, Riverside Business Park, Lyon Road, London SW19 2RL. Tel: 020 8543 8584. Fax: 020 8543 8586.E-mail: email@example.com
Robert Boys ShippingUnit D, Tunnel Avenue Trading Estate, Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, London SE10 OQH Tel: 020 8858 3355. Fax: 020 8858 3344.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
134 Queens Road, London SE15 2HR. Tel: 020 7732 8123. Fax: 020 7732 2631.E-mail: email@example.com
Alan Franklin Transport 26 Blackmoor Road, Ebblake Industrial Estate, Verwood, Dorset, BH31 6BB. Tel: 01202 826539. Fax: 01202 827337.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gander & White Shipping Ltd 21 Lillie Road, London SW6 1UE. Tel: 020 7381 0571. Fax: 020 7381 5428.E-mail: email@example.com
Hedleys Humpers Ltd 3 St Leonards Road, London NW10 6SX. Tel: 020 8965 8733. Fax: 020 8965 0249E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuwahara Ltd 6 McNicol Drive, London NW10 7AW. Tel: 020 8963 1100, Fax: 020 8963 0100 E-mail: email@example.com
PDQ Freight Ltd (Art Move) Unit 4, Court 1, Challenge Road, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 1AX. Tel: 01784 243695. Fax: 01784 242237E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Robinson's International Aldermoor Way, Longwell Green, Bristol BS30 7DA. Tel: 0117 980 5858. Fax: 0117 980 5830E-mail: email@example.comExport Services. Shipping Goods and Containers.
Vulcan International Services Group Ltd Unit 1a, Westgate One, Avia Park, Staines Road, Bedfont, Middlesex, TW14 8QF. Tel: 01784 244152. Fax: 01784 248183
Import Duties and Customs
Anything imported whether via luggage or shipping is possibly subject to customs inspection and liable for import duties of 17.5%, on goods less than 6 months old. Have receipts available if you think you may be questioned on anything of value. We’ve heard that if you intend to return to the US with these items, then they are exempt and you do not need to declare them.
There is no tax or duty on cash brought into the UK from outside the EUEuropean Union but you are required to declare cash of 10,000 euros or more (or equivalent).
Good Imported for Temporary Use
If you are moving to the UK for a specified period of time, for example a student coming to study, you can claim Temporary Import (TI) relief on goods for your period of stay in the EC up to a maximum of 24 months.
To claim, goods must be imported for a specific use and intended for re-export from the UK within a specified time.
Storage facilities vary in price from region to region, but in the Midwest, $50.00 per month is a good price for a single car garage size storage unit, be sure to shop around, and check out how well the sites are maintained. Take your favorite cookware, and recipes, but note that you should bring your own measuring spoons and cups with you as you might have trouble finding American measures in the UK. If you do, the measurement sizes could be different.
In short, you may be better off to sell the cars and cheap older furniture rather than store them. Cars depreciate, get mucked up from disuse, and create insurance trouble later on if policies aren’t maintained.